The pseudo-science once embraced by U.S. presidents, reformers, and educators, eugenics and hereditarian thought continue to inform what we view as unfit, illegal, civilized, normal, and American. Television programming and films, often unwittingly, present images and storylines that support eugenic themes. Today television and film hold sway over almost every person on the planet, serving as informer, comforter, companion, and entertainer. Streaming is a sought-after port in a storm, the first voice in our ears in the morning, and the sounds we use to lull us to sleep each night. As such, television and film have enormous power to heal, harm, frighten, and fuel contentment or despair about the people and world around us. With that much power, television programming requires examination. Dr. Shantella Sherman provides that insight in chapters that deconstruct issues surrounding shifting definitions of manhood, adolescent rebellion, and motherhood as they play out on screen. Sherman uses historical links to scientific, social, and popular eugenics to open dialogue and provide a clearer understanding of the bad science we love to watch in this first of three volumes, Pop-Eu: Popular Eugenics in Television & Film.
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